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Tudor Centenary Celebration 2008 ??


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#1 Haglund's

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Posted 19 November 2006 - 07:45 PM

I hope ABT is at least thinking about this in its long range plans. A new Mayerling would be nice along with a few oldies but goodies. Has anyone heard about any celebration plans?

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Posted 19 November 2006 - 08:00 PM

Maybe invite New York Theatre Ballet?

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Posted 19 November 2006 - 09:32 PM

Did I say Mayerling? I did.

As I approach my own centenary, senility is such a warm feeling.

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Posted 20 November 2006 - 07:49 AM

Did I say Mayerling? I did.

As I approach my own centenary, senility is such a warm feeling.


Oh well, don't I know the feeling!

Ok, how about a wishlist for a theoretical program honoring Tudor's 100th birthday?


They can be revivable or not, this is just what we would LIKE to see.


Mine:


Undertow

Judgement of Paris

Romeo and Juliet (not to be confused with another current thread!)



Of these I only have firsthand knowledge of R&J

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Posted 20 November 2006 - 07:59 AM

I would love the chance to reconnect to Tudor's works, never having warmed up to them when they were in the active repertory. (Except for Pillar of Fire.)

Miami City Ballet is introducing Lilac Garden into their rep in the spring. It's their first Tudor work.

Oddly, I once lived not far from the Rinzai Zen Center on East 30th and had the chance to meet Tudor, who resided there, on several occasions. But I never even heard that this was the world-famous choreographer. I guess another hierarchy of values were in force there.

#6 Helene

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Posted 20 November 2006 - 08:06 AM

We need at least two programs if we're going to celebrate the Tudor Centenary Celebration 2008:

Dark Elegies
Pillar of Fire
Lilac Garden

For an opening gala, the main pas de deux from The Leaves Are Fading, which Amanda McKerrow could restage based on personal coaching by Tudor.

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Posted 20 November 2006 - 08:40 AM

Gelsey kirkland could help in the staging /coaching of "leaves are fading'".I never saw her in Lilac Garden but imagined her Caroline would be great.
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Posted 20 November 2006 - 09:18 AM

I only saw it once, but An Echoing of Trumpets was a very powerful commentary on the horrors of war. (Probably not a good companion piece to The Green Table.) And while the ballet as a whole was a mess, many of the dances in Tiller in the Fields were gorgeous. Maybe someone could resurrect them in a suite form. Of course, it wouldn't be Tudor then, would it? I couldn't imagine the estate granting rights to do that.

I've never seen Undertow, and I'm wondering how Shadowplay would look on this generation of ABT dancers.

Here's the Tudor oeuvre as listed on ABT's website:
Dark Elegies
Dim Lustre
Echoing of Trumpets
Fandango
Gala Performance
Goya Pastoral
Jardin Aux Lilas
Judgment of Paris
The Leaves Are Fading
Little Improvisations
Nimbus
Offenbach in the Underworld
Pillar of Fire
Romeo and Juliet
Shadow of the Wind
Shadowplay
The Tiller in the Fields
Undertow

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Posted 20 November 2006 - 09:22 AM

Not The Tiller in the Fields, especially with the rest of the list. ( :beg: )

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Posted 20 November 2006 - 09:33 AM

I would hope that ABT wouldn't limit itself to just one program. You'd have to present more familiar works like Lilac Garden, Dark Elegies, Pillar of Fire and The Leaves Are Fading, but also ballets seen less frequently like Judgment of Paris, Undertow and Dim Lustre. Definitely Romeo and Juliet. Perhaps the Royal Ballet could be persuaded to take Shadowplay on tour. Ditto for the Royal Swedish Ballet with Echoing of Trumpets. Does anyone out there think a revival of Tiller in the Fields is worth attempting? I never saw it, which is why I ask.

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Posted 20 November 2006 - 09:41 AM

Not The Tiller in the Fields, especially with the rest of the list. ( :beg: )

What was so awful about it? Do tell.

#12 Helene

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Posted 20 November 2006 - 09:43 AM

What was so awful about it? Do tell.

I don't remember it in detail, but I do remember it not being particularly subtle.

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Posted 20 November 2006 - 12:39 PM

I remember reading many years ago that a full evening of Tudor works was a somewhat difficult sell, and somewhat difficult for the non-balletomanes to sit through, because so much of the choreography and drama relied on the strings without benefit of the brass, percussion, etc. (Wish I could remember where I read it, 'cuz it was a darn good analysis.) So, "we" will have to be careful about that in "our" programming. Also, we must have a photography exhibit to go with the celebration. And don't forget the on stage panel discussions - this is something that The Juilliard School could do for everyone. Can you imagine - Gelsey, Sallie Wilson, Amanda, Cynthia G. all on stage for a Tudor panel!

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Posted 20 November 2006 - 01:53 PM


Not The Tiller in the Fields, especially with the rest of the list. ( :beg: )

What was so awful about it? Do tell.


The pillow. Kirkland came out at the end with a pillow stuffed under her costume -- a pregnancy pillow.

I've seen Offenbach, Dark Elegies, Romeo and Juliet, Undertow, Dim Lustre and Shadowplay. (And Leaves, Jardin, Pillar of course. ABT did them regularly through the '70s and early '80s.) Back then, the ballets were in an awkward stage. The aesthetic was pretty much dead by then -- it was the High Abstract Period -- and, try as they might, the dancers were always judged (rightly, I'm sure) as not being up to the earlier standard. The centennial would be a wonderful opportunity to really restage them, not as hand-me-downs that didn't quite fit the current cast, but as fresh works.

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Posted 20 November 2006 - 02:03 PM

The pillow. Kirkland came out at the end with a pillow stuffed under her costume -- a pregnancy pillow.

That was it. Yikes.


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